Among the Huts in Egypt; Scenes from Real Life

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General Books, Jun 29, 2012 - 66 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...known them; and they receive visits from European ladies now and then on occasions of ceremony, etc., and see plenty when driving about in the winter, when visitors are numerous in Cairo, so that they have no particular curiosity about our ways, and dress, and appearance, and no wish to become acquainted. In India, the zenana, answering in some measure to the hareem, appears to be a dreary abode, with, neither garden nor rich furniture, and where the fair prisoners must remain within four walls, save on rare occasions; here, on the contrary, the women of rich families are driving about, shopping, and visiting friends half the day, and always have fine gardens, full of fruit and flowers, for their use; besides that not a few go every summer to Constantinople, and others to Alexandria. European civilization has so far penetrated the hareems as to bring a few ladies from France and England as instructresses to some of the greatest families, but these as yet are exceptional cases, and even these are restricted to purely secular instruction, with the utmost rigour in general. The average have received the mere outside of cultivation, which does no real good, and some things that do harm: by the outside I mean new materials for dress, articles of virtu, and so forth: by those that do harm I mean the permission given to many of those secluded ladies to attend theatres, behind a screen it is true, and the plays carried on in an unknown tongue; but still the whole concern is likely to injure rather than to benefit them. And unhappily it is much easier to do harm than good. One who wishes to foster their passion for dress and jewellery--already far too great--could easily gain admission, no doubt, but any one armed with the Gospel of peace would not find...

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